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Excessive Heat Watch Issued For The Region

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CENTRAL VALLEY – The US National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for the region. San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties are all part of the heat watch.

The heat watch was issued for the upcoming Labor Day weekend into early next week. It is effective starting 11am Saturday, September 5th through Tuesday, September 8th.

Temperatures in the Valley and Foothills are expected to be in between 95 to 110 degrees for highs. Lows are expected to be at 65 to 80 degrees.

The US National Weather Service is warning anyone with outdoor plans for the weekend to be prepared. Drinking extra water and avoiding outdoor activities from 10am to 6pm is encouraged.

If you have children, elderly family members, or pets it is advised to take precautions and plan to be in a cool, air conditioned area.

Gaby Muro is a journalist specializing in local issues and breaking news. She holds two degrees from San Joaquin Delta College. In 2018, she was considered one of the top 40 journalism students in the United States and received a scholarship to cover international conflict news near the Israeli-Syrian Border for 10 Days. Some of her work as a student has been submitted to the Student Emmy Awards. She was crowned the 2019 Miss Merced County title holder through the Miss America Organization and competed for the title of Miss California, advocating for epilepsy awareness. She has been featured on Investigation Discovery, profiling local homicide cases. Gaby is a native of Stockton, California.

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Strong Winds Anticipated For The Region

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MODESTO – Strong winds are anticipated to come to the region and officials ask the public to stay alert and prepared for the wind.

The US National Weather Service Sacramento said the valley will see winds starting January 18th until the 19th. Winds were anticipated to begin Monday morning and continue until Tuesday evening.

North winds of up to 20 to 35 miles per hour are anticipated according to the NWSS. Gusts of up to 40 to 50 miles per hours are also anticipated.

The NWSS also said the winds can cause loose objects to blow around and possible power outages from downed power lines and trees.

They encourage people to have a plan with necessary supplies, using power generators outside and away from windows, disconnecting electronics and appliances, to keep refigerators and freezers closed, not use a gas stove to warm up the house and checking on neighbors.

NWSS asked people to identify a room inside their home and work where they can take shelter if needed. They say high winds can cause dangerous falling or blowing objets such as tree branches or outdoor items.

The Pacific Gas & Electric company urged customers to prepare by having non-perishable foods and water. Also having equipment such as flashlights with extra batteries ready, weather radios and mobile devices with portable chargers. Personal supplies are also recommended to prepare such as important documents and medications.

PG&E says to never touch downed power lines and to assume all downed lines are energized. Anyone who notices downed power lines is asked to stay away and call 911. PG&E customers are asked to also call 1-800-743-5002.

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Stockton Area Sees Record Temperature Day

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STOCKTON – Some might have seen January 17th as a beautiful day in some parts of the valley and one city broke a previous record.

The US National Weather Service Sacramento reported Stockton broke its previous record with 72 degrees for the 17th.

The previous record for January 17th was back in 2009 with a temperature of 68 degrees, according to NWSS.

Two other cities in the region also broke records. Red Bluff reached 79 degrees with its previous record being 76 degrees in 1994. Downtown Sacramento reached a high of 72 degrees. Its highest being 70 degrees in 2009.

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Air Quality Beyond Index For Modesto

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MODESTO – Due to wildfires in the area such as the SCU Lightning Complex and now the Creek Fire in Fresno County, air quality continues to remain poor.

The California Air Resources Board states the current air quality is beyond index meaning the air quality is so poor that it is beyond the scale to measure.

The C.A.R.B states that pollution is hazardous at these levels and everyone should avoid or reduce exposure by staying indoors with filtered air. They say reducing activity levels is one of the best ways to lower the amount of particle pollution you breathe into your lungs. 

Symptoms of exposure to particle pollution include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat.

If you experience symptoms it is recommended to contact your doctor.

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